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Pennsylvania Legacies #124

Pennsylvania Legacies #124

June 12, 2020By: Josh Raulerson

As the Department of Environmental Protection gathers public comment on a proposed rulemaking to cut emissions of climate-changing methane from Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry, new data from the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) paints a stark picture of what’s at stake:...

Carbon Capture and Pennsylvania’s Energy Future

Carbon Capture and Pennsylvania’s Energy Future

June 9, 2020By: Josh Raulerson

In 2017, PEC convened a gathering of technical and policy experts from around the Commonwealth and across the U.S. to explore a complex problem: how can Pennsylvania, as the nation’s largest net exporter of electricity, substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions...

World Series of Birding Takes Flight

World Series of Birding Takes Flight

June 3, 2020By: Cindy Fergsuon

New Jersey Audubon’s World Series of Birding (WSB) is the country’s largest and most prestigious 24-hour birding competition—providing participants and financial contributors with a fun and interactive way to raise money for conservation projects. The 37th annual WSB took flight...

Remembering Gary Brown

Remembering Gary Brown

June 1, 2020By: Pennsylvania Environmental Council

We are sad to say that we have lost an important and respected member of the PEC family with the recent passing of Gary R. Brown, who served on PEC’s Board of Directors for over 20 years and chaired the...

PEC at 50: Our Story

PEC at 50: Our Story

May 26, 2020By: Josh Raulerson

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council was founded in 1970 to advocate for sound and responsible environmental policy. Over the years, our mission has evolved — but our commitment has never wavered.

Pennsylvania Legacies #123

Pennsylvania Legacies #123

May 22, 2020By: Josh Raulerson

These days, environmental issues are politically charged in a way that can make sound, commonsense policy seem unattainable. But it wasn’t always like that — and it doesn’t have to be. Tom Ridge, the Republican former governor of Pennsylvania, says...

What Do You Want in a Trail?

What Do You Want in a Trail?

May 20, 2020By: Zhenya Nalywayko

This post by PEC’s Zhenya Nalywayko appeared in the TTF Watershed Partnership blog on May 18. Walking, hiking, and biking. Enhanced safety for children, and scenic routes to schools, libraries, and train stations. Vandalism, lack of privacy, money shortfalls, and...

Picking Up the Pieces

Picking Up the Pieces

May 13, 2020By: Hannah Clemenson

PEC’s motto, “conservation through cooperation,” aptly describes any number of our programs and activities. But it’s especially relevant to the collaborative work of legacy mine land restoration, which we’ve been proud to share with our government and nonprofit partners in...

Pennsylvania Legacies #122

Pennsylvania Legacies #122

May 8, 2020By: Josh Raulerson

Any way you slice it, coal-fired power generation is on its way out. That leaves two likely scenarios for Pennsylvania’s electricity sector in the next decade: a modest reduction in greenhouse gas emissions with little economic impact, or a dramatic...

Watersheds En Plein AIr

Watersheds En Plein AIr

May 7, 2020By: Tali MacArthur

Pennsylvania’s scenic rivers are perfect places for paddling, fishing, exploring, hiking, biking, painting, birdwatching and… wait, what? Painting? Well, yes — that too! In fact, landscape painting has more in common with watershed conservation than you might think. En plein...

PEC at 50: Securing Our Environmental Rights

PEC at 50: Securing Our Environmental Rights

April 24, 2020By: Frank Kury

Over the years PEC has worked with countless leaders, experts, and citizens to advance environmental goals across the state. In celebration of PEC’s fiftieth anniversary, we asked a few of them to share their reflections on our shared work, how...